Condition :

Cellulite


What is it ?

Cellulite is a cluster of fat cells that gives the skin a padded and irregular appearance comparable to the texture of an orange peel. It manifests mainly in the thighs, buttocks and abdomen and affects almost exclusively women.

Different stages of cellulite :

Stage 1

Cellulite is visible only when the skin is pinched. It is possible to eradicate it completely.

Stage 2

The "orange peel" aspect is always visible. Cellulite is also reversible at this stage.

Stage 3

Fat cells are more voluminous and water retention is present. This type of cellulite can be eliminated over a longer period of time.

Stage 4

Cellulite is deeply hardened and is difficult to eliminate.


Although cellulite primarily raises aesthetic concerns, it can also cause localized sensitivity and pain (in rare circumstances and at an advanced stage).

What are the causes?

Cellulite is a normal physiological phenomenon that results from the combination of several factors:

Hormones

Female hormonal changes are the main cause of cellulite, especially at the time of puberty, pregnancy and menopause. During estrogenic hormone outbreaks, fat cells that are responsible for storing fats are overfilling so that they compress the blood and lymphatic vessels. Water retention, poor circulation and elimination of toxins follow, causing a bulging "quilted" appearance on the surface of the skin.

Physiognomy

The structure of adipose tissues, which comprises all fat cells, differs in both women and men. The partitions of human adipose tissues are criss-crossed and form a kind of lattice difficult to puncture. In women, these partitions are thinner and arranged perpendicular. When there is an increase in adipose tissue, the fat cells stored there are forced upward and are compressed between partitions – such as balls compacted in a net. This is how an irregularity is created on the surface of the skin.

Age

Collagen is a protein present in the body that ensures firmness, suppleness, cohesion and hydration to the skin. From the age of 25, the natural production of collagen slows down gradually. The surface of the skin is weakened and loosens, accentuating the appearance of cellulite.

Other

Other factors may promote the emergence or development of cellulite, such as: heredity, overweight, lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, problems with blood or lymphatic circulation, smoking and alcohol.

Causes

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